KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin hopes North Korea can guarantee the safety of the national squad who will travel to Pyongyang for the 2019 Asian Cup qualifying match on June 8.
"The tension between Malaysia and North Korea may be over but Pyongyang is facing several issues involving the outside world," said Khairy.
"I hope the match can take place and that the national team will return safely. The AFC (Asian Football Confederation) decision has to be followed," he told reporters after attending a 2017 SEA Games event here Tuesday.
The AFC has announced that Malaysia's squad, the Harimau Malaya, would play against North Korea in an Asian Cup qualifier on June 8 in Pyongyang after the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) confirmed that there was no travel ban to North Korea.
Malaysia was scheduled to play against North Korea in Pyongyang on March 28 but the Government banned the national team from going there for security reasons after ties between both countries were affected following the murder of Kim Jong-nam at KLIA2 on Feb 13. - Bernama